With “Breaking Bad” over, Chris Hardwick is down to having only one talk show on AMC. “Talking Dead” will premiere alongside “The Walking Dead” on Oct. 13, and Hardwick doesn’t plan on introducing any new after shows any time soon — not even something along the lines of a “Mad Men” spinoff called “Talking Mad.”
“I’ve been calling it ‘Mad Mentions,’ and someone on Twitter today said, ‘When are you going to do ‘Spoken Wheels’ for ‘Hell on Wheels,'” Hardwick jokes to Zap2it at the red carpet premiere of “The Walking Dead” Season 4. “But then there’s like ‘Boardwalk Talkpire’ is another one we’re going to do … People always ask me what would all the after shows be called. I did ‘Talking Bad,’ but I think ‘Talking Dead’ is probably going to be it for after shows for me. I don’t need another one after this.”
Beyond his affiliation with AMC, Hardwick has been hard at work developing quality programming for his day job, Nerdist. Among the many shows in the works is one starring Bill Nye of former “The Science Guy” fame. Hardwick promises Nye’s Nerdist show is still coming, it’s just that the real-life scientist has been a bit busy.
“On the first episode he was on, I thought he did a really nice job and they ripped him to shreds. The Internet totally had his back. They were like, ‘Shut up, you dumb jerks. This is Bill Nye. He actually educates people. What do you judges do? You’re not educating people,'” Hardwick says. “So I think we’re always going to root for Bill and educators over snarky judges.”
Hardwick and his girlfriend, actress Chloe Dykstra, frequently discuss their love of all things “Doctor Who” on social media, and it turns out that Hardwick’s dreams for the upcoming 50th anniversary special are coming true.
“We’re already going to see something that I hoped to see, which is David Tennant. And I think Billie Piper is going to be in it as well, so I like those things,” he says. “I feel like I have suspicions of how they could happen, because there was a version of the Tenth Doctor who was dropped in a parallel dimension with Rose, so I don’t know if we’re actually going to see the Tenth Doctor or his weird one-hearted counterpart.”
“The Walking Dead” Season 4 premieres on AMC on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, with “Talking Dead” premiering immediately after at 10 p.m. ET.